Actress Amber Heard has been granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband Johnny Depp, after she accused him of domestic violence. A Los Angeles judge ordered Depp on Friday to stay 100 yards away from the actress and ruled that he should not try to contact her until a hearing on 17 June.
Images have now emerged of injuries she suffered, after Depp, 52, allegedly hit her in the face with his iPhone. One of the photos, taken on Saturday 21 May, appears to show bruising around her eye.
Heard and her lawyer Samantha Spector submitted the images to the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles court on Friday 27 May.
"I live in fear that Johnny will return to (our house) unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally," she stated in the court papers, Sky News reports.
She also alleged that in April Depp arrived at her home after her birthday party, high and drunk and pushed her to the floor. Heard stated that she did not see the Pirates of the Caribbean star for another month after that incident.
The actress, who did not speak to reporters, broke down as she left the court.
According to Mail Online, the alleged altercation occurred when Heard was on the phone with a friend on Saturday (21 May). As Depp apparently tried to seize the phone from her hand, she told the person on the line to call the police. TMZ reports that the Hollywood actor fled the scene after the alleged altercation, before police arrived. Heard now claims that Depp offered her money to keep quiet about the incident. Los Angeles police confirmed they responded to an incident at Depp and Heard's residence.
Earlier in the week, the 30-year-old had submitted a petition for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
The entertainment website further alleges that Depp had been violent on previous occasions in their 15-month marriage and even claims that a previous incident has been captured on video. A source close to the former couple, reportedly told People: "This was only the latest incident."
The Sun reports that the short-lived marriage was plagued by "blazing rows" and the conflict escalated after the former couple were embroiled in a public legal dispute, after illegally bringing their dogs into Australia. The pair issued an embarrassing apology video which was widely derided.
"Johnny felt humiliated by the whole ordeal and believes Amber made him look like a fool," a source told the newspaper. "It just doesn't fit with his serious image and he hated being mocked. The dogs are Amber's so she should really have done the thorough checks."
Amber, 30, filed for divorce from the Alice Through the Looking Glass, star, just three days after the death of Depp's mother Betty Sue Palmer. While Heard has asked to be granted spousal support, it is not known whether they signed a prenuptial agreement.
Depp did not appear in court as he is in Portugal with his band The Hollywood Vampires, however his representative issued a statement saying: "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly."
The Hollywood couple first met on the set of The Rum Diary shortly after the father-of-two ended his 14-year relationship with French actress Vanessa Paradis. They married in February 2015, after dating for three years.
If you have been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article, you can contact Solace Women's Aid on 0808 802 5565 or the national Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid, on 0808 2000 247.